Unbounded successive-cyclic rightward DP-movement

Jason Overfelt

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Larson (1989) noted that rightward movement of a DP past a clausal adjunct can necessitate a parasitic gap inside that clausal adjunct. This paper argues that rightward DP-movement beyond certain adjunct clauses is movement beyond typical Heavy-NP Shift that is licensed by the need to bind the parasitic gap. I show that this correctly predicts a number of observations concerning the exceptional nature of the rightward movement involved. In particular, parasitic gaps are able to license rightward movement that is potentially unbounded and successive-cyclic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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  • Non-feature-driven movement
  • Parasitic gaps
  • Rightward movement
  • Successive-cyclic movement
  • Unbounded movement


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